Well, this is White Hart ‘different’. I chose the name ‘vasthoudend for this dry red blend; it is Dutch for tenacious. A word that conjures up what one needs to be in the wine business.

Exploring the central coast opportunities with the vineyard- and winemaking team, we found these two vineyard parcels with ‘unusual’ grape varieties. This wine is a keeper, an intense and satisfying red. Some would call it a ‘somm wine’. I just think it is yummy.

Tannat is native to the Southwest of France, just north of the Pyrenees mountains. These grapes are from Monterey! They produce a dark and concentrated red with bold, yet soft, tannins. Dornfelder originally is a German grape variety. We complement the Tannat with these Santa Lucia Highlands Dornfelders in creating a unique blend.

The wine was fermented in small open top fermenters and subsequently aged in French oak barrels (40% new) for well over 30 months.